Yesterday, Green Acres School hosted Lowell School for Green Acres’ first home cross-country meet. Runners from grades 5-8 braved cool temperatures and light rain as they looped around the 1.1-mile course designed and built by Middle School staff and students this fall. Green Acres Grizzlies took the top three spots in both the boys’ and girls’ races.
The Alumni Classic will become an annual event at Green Acres School to honor alumni who have found success in running. Ben Stern, Green Acres Class of 1998, went on to run cross-country at Princeton University and the University of Oregon. Stern kicked off the event by speaking to runners from both schools. “Starting a cross country program will be a huge benefit for Green Acres’ students,” said Stern. “Lots of Green Acres alumni have gone on to run in high school and college, and having a course to host home meets will definitely inspire future runners!”
The race involved several parts of the Green Acres community. Head of School Neal Brown ran the race to make sure runners stayed on course, Middle School course marshals helped participants along their way, and Lower School students came to the track to cheer on their older classmates. The event was made possible by staff members Treena Selak, Matt Marchildon, and Larry Jodrie who designed the course; by student volunteers who helped to build the course on Green Acres’ 15-acre wooded campus; by runners from Green Acres School and Lowell School; and by fans, including alumni families, who attended the event.